From:               Hannibal Police Department

Date:                 July 27, 2015

Phone:              573-221-0987

Fax:                   573-221-3966

Contact:           Lt. John Zerbonia


On Friday, July 24th, officers with the Hannibal Police Department arrested 31 year old Joseph J. Richardson on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and 2 counts of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. While conducting a home visit at Richardson’s residence, located in the 2000 block of Gordon St, Agents with the Federal Probation and Parole Office smelled what they believed to be marijuana. The agents located a large amount of marijuana in a bedroom closet and contacted the Hannibal Police Department. Hannibal officers obtained and executed a search warrant for the residence. During the course of the search, officers located a large amount of what is believed to be powder cocaine and a large amount of what is believed to be crack cocaine, along with the marijuana located by the parole agents. Richardson was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Marion County Jail. On Saturday, July 25th, the Circuit Court of Marion County issued a warrant for Richardson, charging him with Drug Trafficking 2 degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute.  Richardsons bond was set at $100,000.00 cash only. He remains in the Marion County Jail.